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Sally Joan Cornelison

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History of Art
Primary office:
Spencer Museum of Art
Room 209
University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500

Teaching Interests

  • Italy
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Art
  • Architecture


Many of Sally Cornelison's publications explore the relationships between art and architecture and the cult of saints, relics, patronage, ritual, gender, and popular devotion in late-medieval and renaissance Florence.

Her recent book "Art and the Relic Cult of St. Antoninus in Renaissance Florence" (Ashgate, 2012) examines the history and visual culture of the relic cult of the sainted Florentine archbishop Antoninus Pierozzi from circa 1459 to 1589.

More recently Prof. Cornelison's research interests have turned to the paintings of Giorgio Vasari and the visual culture of 16th-century Italy. She curated the exhibition "Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy" at the Spencer Museum of Art and is working on a book that is tentatively titled "Mannered Piety: Giorgio Vasari's Religious Paintings and Chapels."

Research Interests

  • Italy
  • Renaissance
  • Florence
  • Christianity
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Vasari
  • Saints
  • Relics

Selected Publications

Cornelison, S. J. (2012). Visual Culture in Early Modernity. Art and the Relic Cult of St. Antoninus in Renaissance Florence, Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Selected Work

Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA. 2012 - 2013

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